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(Lethal or Killing Traps)
By definition, spring traps are potentially dangerous and should be handled and used with care. All traps are indiscriminate but lethal traps do not take prisoners!
Strict legal guidelines apply to the use of spring traps, which must always be set in tunnels and precautions taken to minimize the risk of killing or maiming protected species.
You may legally destroy grey squirrels if they are damaging your property, trees or crops, but only by employing approved humane methods.
You may legally set traps for grey squirrels but you must take all reasonable precautions to avoid catching, injuring or killing fully or partly protected wild creatures such as hedgehogs and birds.
It is illegal to release or allow a grey squirrel to escape back into the wild once captured.
It is illegal to possess or transport a live grey squirrel without a licence.
The relocation of grey squirrels can spread diseases from one area to another. Do not be tempted to do it as anyone caught could be faced with a heavy fine!
In areas where red squirrels are likely to be present, only live catch traps shall be used. If inadvertently caught, red squirrels must be released as soon as possible.
If there is a likelihood of catching other protected or partly protected animals or birds, it is also advisable to use a live catch trap.
(Live Catch Traps)
These traps can be used in woodland, gardens and in loft spaces. They give the best
results when deployed in numbers around a pre-
This type of trap is usually set on the ground and has accounted for many grey squirrels, but they do have their drawbacks.
Dealing with problem grey squirrels
Releasing grey squirrels
Choosing a trap